Seaford College is a co-educational school of 620 pupils. 170 are in the Prep School aged between 7 and 13 and the Sixth Form numbers 140. Approximately one third of the pupils are girls and the school has a specialist dyslexia unit which caters for the needs of 47% of the pupils.
The school’s mission statement sets out the College vision as “Seaford College aims to provide a distinctive and inclusive educational experience in which individual pupils are known, have the opportunity to discover themselves, are valued for their particular contribution, and are prepared for life. On leaving the College, each pupil will be a confident, articulate, well-rounded young person.”
The structure of the school’s curriculum is designed to fulfil the aims set out in the mission statement whilst recognising the particular issues raised by the nature of the pupils within the school population.
Broad Aims of the Curriculum
- To keep the range of subjects as wide as possible, for as long as possible, for as many pupils as possible.
- To promote both literacy and numeracy at the earliest possible age.
- To provide exceptional support for pupils with SpLDs. To ensure that teaching styles are tailored to the learning styles and needs of the pupils.
- To provide a core of subjects for all pupils up the age of 16 that both meets the requirements of Government education policy and provides every pupil with the ability to matriculate for higher education.
- To provide a sufficient range of subjects for all pupils to gain success, find their strengths and boost their self-esteem.
- To ensure that subjects taught at the school are regularly appraised to meet criteria on success (in value added terms) and effectiveness.
- To ensure that from 16 plus, pupils have enough and appropriate opportunities to allow access to higher education and all career paths.
- To provide a full range of extra-curricular activities to stretch pupils and to teach interpersonal skills, leadership and team working.
- To provide, at every age, the guidance required to help students with subject, university and career choices.
- Homework should support the work done in the classroom. It should enhance learning and not be used as a vehicle for disenchantment of the pupils.
- To enrich the school experience with activities designed to promote good behaviour, manners and spiritual and cultural awareness.
ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
All overseas students are expected to have a 40 minute one-to-one lesson per week.
Students study for the International Language Testing System (IELTS) which is a requirement for UK University entrance. It is an internationally recognised academic qualification. Other tests (Cambridge First certificate, TOEFL etc) may be studied on request.